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Jess Mador

Managing Editor, Economics Reporter

Jess Mador comes to WYSO from Knoxville NPR-station WUOT, where she created an interactive multimedia health storytelling project called TruckBeat, one of 15 projects around the country participating in AIR's Localore: #Finding America initiative. Before TruckBeat, Jess was an independent public radio journalist based in Minneapolis. She’s also worked as a staff reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio in the Twin Cities, and produced audio, video and web stories for a variety of other news outlets, including NPR News, APM, and PBS television stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She loves making documentaries and telling stories at the intersection of journalism, digital and social media.

Miami Valley Fair Housing investigated more than 70 Fannie Mae properties from 2010, 2012, and 2014.
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More than a dozen elderly homeowners in Dayton’s Westwood neighborhood have been selected by the nonprofit Rebuilding Together Dayton to receive home repairs for free. The event in west Dayton, Saturday April 29, is part of a nationwide annual event made possible by about 100,000 volunteers across the country. 

Rebuilding Together Dayton’s Amy Radachi says the goal of the repair program is to help elderly homeowners remain independent, and avoid moving to expensive assisted-living facilities. She says many of the homeowners chosen for repairs are longtime, stable residents.

Levitt Pavilion Dayton
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Here's a look at the Levitt Pavilion's proposed design, released Tuesday by the nonprofit Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton group. The pavilion and free music venue is planned for Dave Hall Plaza in downtown Dayton. Construction is expected to begin later this summer, with an opening in the summer of 2018. 

Dr. Tanisha Richmond at her office in Dayton.
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For the last few months WYSO has been collecting your audio letters for our Dear Mr. President project.

Dear Mr. President asks what you want to say about your community, and what you want President Donald Trump to know about the Miami Valley.  We’ve sorted through dozens of letters so far, and found the number-one topic on the minds of many of our letter writers is an issue that’s dominated headlines this year: health care and what to do about the Affordable Care Act. 

Wright State University
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Some Miami Valley colleges and universities are reporting a significant drop in international-student applications this year. The decline is part of a trend reflected in a recent Institute of International Education survey, which found nearly 40 percent of schools across the United States are experiencing similar declines.  

Dozens of protesters sang happy birthday, ate cake and rallied in Moraine against a Republican-sponsored bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The rally fell on the federal health law's anniversary.
WYSO/Jess Mador

As lawmakers in Washington prepare to vote on a Republican-backed bill to dismantle and replace the Affordable Care Act, more than 60 Affordable Care Act supporters protested Thursday in Moraine outside the Mandalay Banquet Center. It was the second Dayton-area health care protest in a week.

Organizers with the group Dayton Indivisible for All planned the rally to coincide with a county Republican Party fundraiser being held at the venue. Republican 10th District Congressman Mike Turner had originally been expected to appear at the event but was not able to attend.

Organizers of a weekend protest are calling on 10th District Republican Congressman Mike Turner to hold an official constituent town hall. Activists held their own so-called “Where’s Mike” town hall on Saturday at a Dayton school.

Turner, who was in Washington, didn’t attend the event, which organizers say attracted more than 200 people. Turner's office didn't immediately respond to requests for comment Monday about the town hall. 

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Advocates from anti-hunger groups say President Donald Trump’s $1.15 trillion budget proposal would hurt the neediest Ohioans most. The president’s budget would boost spending for the Pentagon and make a down payment on a United States-Mexico border wall, while cutting funds for many domestic programs, including anti-poverty programs that help needy families across the Miami Valley.

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Juliet Fromholt

A new analysis of downtown Dayton’s real estate market finds significant pent-up demand for downtown housing. If current trends continue, economic development advocates say, downtown Dayton is on track to see a doubling in the number of new apartments and condos over the next few years.

According to the group's analysis, downtown Dayton’s housing market is currently under-built.

Nuvasive officials say the more than $45 million 180,000-square-foot, all-digital West Carrollton facility will generate at least 200 new jobs for the company, which also has operations in Fairborn.
WYSO/Jess Mador

At medical device maker NuVasive’s new West Carrollton facility, workers in safety glasses stand at rows of off-white machines that look kind of like giant baby incubators. The atmosphere is bright, airy and clean.

Sergio Gomez's work "The Bleeding Border" was the piece used to promote Latino Art of the Midwest at the University of Dayton. Gomez is based in Chicago.
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News this week of sweeping Trump administration changes to United States immigration-enforcement policies is sparking a wave of fear among both legal immigrants and immigrants in the Miami Valley illegally, advocates say. The immigration crackdown means millions of people living in the country illegally could face deportation.

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